#TBT Book Review – Raggin’ Jazzin Rockin’ by Susan VanHecke

A little history, a little music … Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ seems like a perfect way to kick off our July Throwback Thursday book reviews.

There is an audio book version, too. Perfect for enjoying together on that road trip. Music to my ears! [Here is the Audible audio edition on Amazon.com.]

raggin' jazzin' rockin' by Susan VanHeckeRaggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’

A History of American Musical Instrument Makers
written by Susan VanHecke
Boyds Mill Press, 2011

Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. From Steinway pianos and Zildjian cymbals to Martin guitars, Ludwig drums, and Moog synthesizers, the story behind these iconic instruments is laid out in full detail with plenty of photos and illustrations.

This is a nonfiction picture book offering music history.

Reading Tub review date: July 2011


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

 

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Summer Laurie: Summer’s Reading List (guest post)

Last week,Rana DiOrio [Chief Pickle at Little Pickle Press] invited us to share a post about summer reading. Their featured blogger was none other than Summer Laurie, freelance editor and children’s specialist at Books Inc. Given how we love sharing book ideas, it seemed only natural to share Summer’s Summer List on the Family Bookshelf, too!

summer laurie picks summer 2015

Ah the lazy days of summertime. What I wouldn’t give to be able to experience summer break again. But today’s teen has it even better—there is now an exploding genre of funny, frightening, heart-stirring, literary, inspiring books written just for them. No more pawing through the classics or sci-fi shelves to find something interesting. Just sticking a toe into the teen end?

Here’s a list of ten books you should check out. It’s not necessarily the “top ten” or the ten latest releases, but ten books that should be read. The first five are particularly attuned to the season, the rest just incredibly good books.

Happy Reading! ~ Summer Laurie

Summer Laurie’s Picks for Summer

  1. The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt—I call this a bridge book since it is pitch perfect for kids waving good-bye to middle grade novels and taking their first steps into young adult.
  2. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki—Award-winning graphic novel of two girls leaving adolescence behind as their annual summer vacation at the lake just feels different this year.
  3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray—Crazy, weird, hallucinatory road trip narrated by a wonderfully unreliable narrator with Mad Cow Disease.
  4. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson—Take this one to the beach. Or on a plane. Purely joyous story of the summer Scarlett spends covering for her older brother, and crushing on his actor friends, all while saving the family hotel from ruin.
  5. Ashfall by Mike Mullin—Two teens must survive an environmental apocalypse. Cliff hangers on every single chapter. Luckily it’s the first in a trilogy.
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson—This year’s Printz Award winner was my favorite book of 2014. Poetic study of love and identity in all its forms. A masterpiece.
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell—I have wondered if the author secretly stole my high school diaries for research. I feel like I lived this book of finding first love and your place in the world set in the ’80s.
  8. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton—Hauntingly beautiful debut novel of three generations of women trying to break a family curse…or is it a blessing. Hand it to an adult friend, just don’t say it’s YA.
  9. Graceling by Kristen Cashore—High fantasy at its very best. Read all three in the trilogy. Then read them again.
  10. Grasshopper Jungle or 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith—I couldn’t choose between these two. Intense, gritty, raunchy, fresh, and true. No one writes a male teen voice like Andrew Smith.

Worth Noting

Not only are these books available in print, many are also available as audiobooks, too! Perfect for laying by the pool and listening while you relax! All of our links go to Amazon.com where you can find print, Kindle, and audio versions.

About Summer

summer lauriefrom Summer Laurie’s Jacketflap page.

I am an independent children’s book editor.
I am a children’s bookseller with the oldest independent bookstore chain on the West Coast.
I am very dependent on my friends, under-eye concealer, and chocolate.

After ten years working in-house at children’s book publishers–most recently as senior editor at Tricycle Press, the kid’s division of Ten Speed Press, and previously at Chronicle Books for Children–I decided to head out on my own. Over the years I have edited more than 50 published books ranging from board books to picturebooks, middle-grade novels to non-fiction.

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#TBT Book Review – The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

First a confession: Sarah Prineas had me at “Conn.” Can you think of a better name for a thief?

The Magic Thief trilogy is one of my go-to recommendations for readers. First you get invested in the characters quickly (see above!). Then you come along for all the adventure and wanting to know “what’s next.” It has that magical boy wizard feel, without the heaviness and denser, more complex text some readers don’t enjoy or aren’t quite ready to tackle.

This week we’re doing something a bit different. We’re not linking back to one book, but three. So if you reviewed any (or all) of the books in The Magic Thief trilogy, share them!

magic thief by sarah prineasThe Magic Thief (trilogy)

written by Sarah Prineas
HarperCollins Publishers

Conn is a thief who picks pockets and locks. The day he decides to pick Nevery’s pocket, his life changes forever. Nevery is a wizard and Conn has lifted a magic stone. The stone should have killed him, but it doesn’t. Nevery decides to bring Conn home, making him a servant. Conn is now saved from a life on the street … but how safe is the city?

In Lost (Book 2), Conn’s experiments to recontact the magic totally destroyed Heartsease, the home of Nevery Flinglas, his mentor. His hopes for returning to the academy have been dashed, and he has been exiled. Still, he can sense the magic is trying to tell him something. Wellmet is again in danger, and the presence of quicksilver from Desh is a clue.

Found (Book 3) begins with great fear Arhionvar, the dread magic, is coming. Why can’t the magisters see that? Because he is still banished from Wellmet, it is not easy for Conn to communicate with Nevery; still, they find a way to make their plans to protect the city. First, Conn must find a new locus magicalus. His search takes him deep into a dragon’s cave and reveals truths that may ultimately save Wellmet, but at what cost?

Reading Tub Reviews
The Magic Thief (Book 1) – June 2008
Lost (Book 2) – February 2009
Found (Book 3) – June 2010


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.